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♪ redent trump is celebrating his impeachment trial and attacking the democrats. president trump: it was evil, it was corrupt,as dirty cops, it was leakers and liars, and this should never, ever happen to another president. >> mitt romney was the onlyor republican senote to remove the president from offe . as the number of cases continues to rise, there is confusionou the health of a chinese doctor who tried to warn others ere have been multiple reports that he has died. germany's making sense of being -- what is being called a political earthquake. he's now had to stand down. we will take you through the story. ♪
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>> a day after he was acquitted in his impeachment trial, president trump has takendeim at thcrats who started the process. president trump: it was evil, it was corrupt, it was dirtys c it was leakers and liars, and they should never, ever happen to another president, ever. i don't know that other presidents would have been able to take it. some peoplwo said no, they dn't he. >> president trump has also been speaking at a religious event in washgton, called the nation prayer breakfast. here he is proudly displaying the newspaper headlines, it says acquitted. many republica proudly admitted they had no intention of beinge impartial.
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use speaker, nancy pelosi, was also at this breakfast. mr. trump had refused to shake her hand earlier. thisha isshe said about the president's at that breakfast. >> tgo into the stock mket and raising up his acquittal thing, mischaracterizing other people's motivation, he is lking about things that he knows little about. faith and prayer. >> gary o'donoghue is live with us from washington. i guess we could expect him to make h gary: i suppose if you look at it, take a step back, anyone who has been acquitted, being a political acquittal in this case, is going to want to dance in the s this was quite a performance by the president, more than an him running of rough every event of his presidency, pretty much. some of them multiple times, going around the room with the
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200 republicans or so and calling people byer name, wag off onto various sidetracks and anecdotes. it was quite a performance, as i say. i don't think it's going to live long in the watching, quite honestly. i think straight to dvd in some ways. but it is a moment in his presidency. ghat about nancy pelosi's conduct this weey? it seems to me she has cranked up both the language and the visual maneuvers she is pulling communicate to americans how unimpressed she is. what do you make of that move? gary: it's interesting, i think you are work -- referring to the tearing up of the state of the union speech in front of the cameras on the day the president delivered it. i think that is perhaps a sign at nancy pelosi, and shes one of the smartest, whether you like her or loathes her, she one of the smartest operars in
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washington. she has perhaps realized or perhaps decided that this fight is not just going to be pointy-headed one about who' got the best policies or who behaves the best or has the most integrity. there has to be drama and theater, and in some ways, she believes, i suspect, that you have to take the president on at his own game. i may be wrong about that, but that's what struck me about those theatrics on her part. inhe election year, she has decided that the rules have. changed, t >> lets remind every de watching thald trump's approval rating is currently standing at 49%, the higsist it has been e his presidency, and it went up during the impeachment process. during the coming months ahead of the election, w his teal be focusing on key swing states to see what impact that impeachment process may havead on his numbers.
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>> if you look at some of the polling in michigan, wisconsin, and pennsylvania, maybe a little bit better for the esident differences are usually pretty subtle. you probabl president to do a little bit better in those states and he will doationally, which means that if polls are showing the natial popular vote is very close, that might suggest that trump is favored because of his ability to outperform in some of these key states. relevant to republican senators who are facing a battle for reelection. they are all in tig races, they all voted to acquit. here is their leader in the senate, mitch mcconnell. sen. mcconnell: every one of our people in tough races, every one of them, is in better shape
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today than they were before the impeachment trial started. >> thehing is, democrats also see the acquittal as a political opportunity. nhave a lis to chuck schumer. sen. schumer:: every republican knows that this president is vindictive, vengeful, they don't want to opposeim. there are a whole lot of republicans who knew we were right but who said i don't want to be attacked relentlessly by >> what we do know m is tht romney was the only republican senator vote to teach the president and inevitably the attacks that followed, donald trump tweeted earlier sayinheif he devotedame energy and anger to defeating a faltering barack obama as he sanctimoniously does to me, he could have wonhe election. interestingly,daerhaps most ered center up for
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reelection is a democrat doug jones. she represelabama, state that donald trump won handsomely in 2016. he released estate may before he voted saying i didn't want to be in this situation, but in the l end, i wfend the constitution. let's bring gary back in. 's difficult watching from afar, but what ishonteresting is hard it is to read what impact the whole impeachment process may have on both ses. ry: i think that's right, and i think that is myou are hearing them try to shape the narratives pretty quickly here. on the republican side you didn't get a split, cory gardner, but sal and susan collins all decided to back their president. so there's a certain consistency in their view of how this is likely to play out. colorado is very purple at the moment, cory gdner is in trouble. arizona has just become
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impactful in the last few years. she was appointed to that post after the death of john mccain as governor. she has only been there for just over a year. susan collins, maine has its own voting habits, very independent minded, and susan collins has always to be on full of the traditions up there. so there's a lot of things going on, a lot of different facto in different places. something that will be exercising campaign strategist for months to come. >> a quick question on ohio, thisarcical scene that's been playing out with democrats not being able to relthse results of caucuses there. gary: you've got ohi and i will mixed up, but i takepo yout. they are doing -- you got ohio and iowa mixed up, but i take
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your point. ashings sin -- stand, there's smidgen of difference between pete buttigieg and bernie sanders and who has the lead. frankly, the show has moved on. wabuttigievery clever claiming victory very early. that h driven the narrative. bernie sanders has retaliated by sang i just raised $25 million in january alone, beat tt. but now they are off to new akmpshire and i think pete buttigieg will a really big bounce into that and you will see a proper head2head therebetween bernie sanders and buttieg, with elizabeth warren slightly gasping for air, i think. >> gary, thank you for keeping me on ahe straight and narr always. you can get more on bbc news.com/news. let't's turn tcoronavirus crisis. all day there haveg een conflictports about whether a doctor has died. he became a hero in china after
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trying to warn they edical communout the coronavirus. he was in told to be quiet by the authorities before weeks later being diagnosed with the virus himself. bbc chinese is reporting that thursday evening and that his death triggered a huge reactocn on chinesel media. within doctors and jrnalists who don't want their names to be used have also told the bbc that officials then try to control the informatioaround the story by ordering the doctor be put back on life support, even though he was dead, and change all official media reports from death to critical condition. dr. leap posted a warning in december sayinge had seen a number of cases that he thought reseedle the sars virus that to a global epidemic in 2003. tiny police then accused him of making t false commentst severely disturbed the social order. he was forced to sign a dument saying we solemnly warn you that
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if you keep being impertinent, u will be brought to justice, is that understood? you see him riding on the document, yes, i do.al offiand will hand -- in wuhan were saying youould not ge the virus unless you came in contact with infected animals, dr. lee felt ill on the 20th of eventualld china declared an emerncy. at the end of january, dr. lee posted ath picture witwords saying, finally diagnosed, because he had the virus. dr. lee story has been generating an outpouri of anger in china today. we have been following those events. reporter: there's anger and confusion allund this virus, not just about his story and what happened to him, but certain things being suppressed, that he wasriticized for just doing his job.
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mthesage he sent to his colleagues was telling them to be safe and wear protective clothing. and anger that he was reprimanded for just being a good docto >> a lot of the reports we've had from chinese authorities have been of people dying on the virus have been healthy people. here we have a middle-age man in good health before their losing his life. that kind of jolts you to the real risks that come with this virus. report: he was in his early to mid 30' by all accounts, he didn't share much about his health for he got sick. it appears he was a healthy guy, so that is wearing people as well. we can only go byhat chinese authorities are telling us about who is dying from this virus. i think the dth of someone so high-profile and seemingly so young is definitely creating fear. >> the virus continues toad
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sp 99% of the cases are in china and over 560 people have died. the world health organ is should is telng us the virus is in 24 untries. the biggest number outside china's japan and singapore. in terms of the u.k., on tuesday the government advised all british citizens to leave china. the chinese ambassador to the u.k. pushed back at that, it was disproportionate andaying sowed panic. >> it would be wise on theit h side to take professional advice, and agree with us that they will follow, the words do not match with the deeds. >> china has criticized the u.s. for banning foreign nationals ry fromg its terri chin
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the who's view is that it is not good to close borders because people wil still travel but they will lie about where they came from makint harder to expose the virus. >> i think it is a bit rich of the chinese to turn around and say we arect overrg. this is a country that now has 30,000 people that they ha confirmed have this. it is a probably big clinical iceberg bear, where that 30,000 constitutes the ti tip of t iceberg. there may be 100,000 people infected with it. i would say that is a pretty forceful reaction to what they tomust perceive a pretty critical threat. >>e ty ofwuhan is at the center of the outbreak. among the cases was confirmed a newbornm baby i' of the first time a child that young has contracted the disease. it raisethe possibility that
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the virus was passed from mother to child in the womb. althou s at thisge, it is no more than a theory. reporter: a newborn baby is very vulnerable, as we know. it's t possible it picked virus during the process of being bornth or all the was holding a newborn baby. we know that someiruses can cross the placenta a to child. but we don't definitively know that with this virus at the moment. >>en it's wo months since patients first staedaving symptoms of the coronavirus. here is what we know so far about it. reporter: we know it is a type of coronavirus. like common colds and flu, it seems it can spread person-to-person beecoughing and ng. the main symptoms include difficulty breathing, fever, and coughing. many people who get sick recover, but it can be due to organ failure -- it can lead to
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organ failure, pneumonia, and death. because it is new, there is no vaccine or treatment currently you can take medication -- medication to manage symptoms such as fever, buthe only way to preventon infecs to avoid close contact those who are sick or who might be carrying the virus. basic hygiene, such as washing your hands often, an using tissues when you cough and sneeze, will help stop the read o viruses like this. if you think you may have coronavirus, stay at home and avoid contact with others, and call your doctor. there is still lot w don't know yet, but experts say there is more to come from this epidemic,ta and cing it quickly is the priority. >> at round the work --e around rld, at least a dozen laboratories are racing to produce a vaccine to protect people from the virus. e e more they know about it, the better their cha success.
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the sate is clear we still don't know a lotbout this virus. >> we don't know the source of the outbreak. we don't know what it's natural reservoir is and we don't understand its transmit ability or severity. to prevent this outbreak, we need answers to all those testions, andre are tools we don't have. we have no vaccine to prevent infections, and nontibiotics to treat them. to put it bluntly, we are shadowboxing. we need to bring this virus out into the light so we can attack it properly. >> we will talk about german tipo, there's a rule that mainstream parties do not do deals with the far-right. this man is p doing just that.r
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let's lrn about two caters who were born and raised here in the u.k. and who are headed to a new life in the wild in south africa. the brothers are the first hand race cheaters -- cheetahs to >> theybe are teleased to a privateesve which is protected and then to the comfortable that they can hunt. theya will hav gps collar on them so we will be watching every step they take. >> the foundation has otsuccessfully reintroducer species before. black rhinos and the european bison, but this is a world first for cheetahs. there are less than 7000 in the wild, so it is hoped the brothers can make a small but
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important difference. >> our lead story comes from washington. president trump has been hisbrating his acquittal in impeachment trial and attacking process.crats who started the some of the main stories from the bbc world service, there weve been a number of violent confrontations b israeli government soldiers and palestinians. anho arab israeli wasdead who opened fire. two palestinians were killed in the west bank and israeli soldier was hurt in drive-by ooting italian authorities are investigating why a high-speed train derailed, killing two people and injuring neay 30. it was traveling from the line f thelerno when it came tracks in report, maienance work was being cared -- carried out on
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the track when it happened. thnestor astronaut christina cook as complete the longe ever single spaceflight by a woman. she landed iner kazakhstan a spending 328 days in space, just short of the american record. there has been a pent political moment in germany. stepping down as leader of the state, he had been in office for one day. he's from the liberal mdp party and was elected with support of the far-right party. isin the first time a ream party had allowed them to play kingmaker like that. it caused a huge upset. here is thomas earlier. >> together withta my parliaments calling for the free democrats, we decided to ask the st parliament to be dissolved. by doing so, we would likeo
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make new elections possible and to remove the flaw of the afp support for state premier. democrats need democratic majorities, and obviously there isn'ent one with this parli >> the national leader of the ftp said he was right to fr himself from what he called the pendency on the afd. he is in these -- it's in the center of journey -- of germany. the left party -- the aft it was second. the ftp only got%. it was assumed there man would continue his state premier, but he lost that vote by one vote, defeated by the ftp's man who only one with the support of the far-right afd. thiss the memorable response of the leader in the state parliament yesterday. as you can see, she brougf a
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bouquetlowers and drop them at his feet. there have been ptesting a number of cities about this. one editor set on page one, on a y when fascist elected and ftp men as prime minister, the headline read, handshake of sham this is angela merkel's reaction. >> it was a bad day for democracy. it was a day that roque with the values and beliefs of the cdu. everything must be done to make it clear that what the c believes in cannot be associated with it. we will work on this over the >> the reaction of one member in the national parliament was to say, what is unforgivable is policy.merkel's immigration people should keep voting until the outcome suior the chance the man who was ousted by this maneuver when further a tweeted picture othe afd leader shaking hands, alongside was a picture of adolf hitler becoming german chancellor.
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some very strong comparisons which the afd has been pushing backarn. let's from david mcginnis who is in berlin. david: it started as aarty, but you've also got a powerful wing within the party which is described by officials here as a -- as having neo-nazi elements within it. it's been described by one court as fascist that's because they want to turn back germany's culture memorial, looking back toward the holocaust. they want to turn germany into a nativist countryre w nor tees are no longer welcome. >> h the afd mps in all 60 parts of parliament. nationally it has 89 seats in thelower house of parliament out of over 700. because you hite a grand con government with the
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two biggest parties, ft is the largest opposition party in the federal part. that means what has happened in the sile german state could be the start of a broader trend. david: you have a verytrong far-right afd party. on the other end of the spectrum, someone -- some would describe it as a radical left party. two mainstream parties have traditionally formed governments in general. cothey refused taborate with the afd, and angel-r merkel centht party refuses to work together with the radical leftarty. so we are seeing a fragmentaon of politics heres which i led to these very unstable coalitions. this is why we are seeing such chaos in these regional elections this week. >> back to american politics, after being acquitted at his
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impeachment trial yesterday, donald trump has taken direct aim at t democrats today. >> it s evil, it was corrupt, it was dirty cops. was leakers and liars, and this should never, ever happen to another president, ever. i don't know that other presidents would htoe been able ake it. some people said no, they wouldn't have. >> really the point of the impeachment process now is not about whether m trump will be removed from office or not. that was always very unlikely. it was always a political gamble by the democrats. now both republicans and democrats are working to spin the outcome of the impeachment trial to their purposes. we know mr. trump's overall ratings are better thaththey were a mgo. for the broader impacts, we will have to wait and see. we will see you rrator: funding for this presentation is made possible by... man: babbel, an online program developed by language specialists teaching spanish, french and more.
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narrator: funding was also provided by... the freeman foundation. by judy and peter blum-kovler foundation. ♪
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narrator: funding for this presentation is made possible by... man: babbel, a languagearnis real life conversations and gn uses speech reion technology.
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